#AztecMBB Honored at San Diego Padres Game
May 9, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's basketball team was honored Friday night at PETCO Park for its outstanding season prior to the Marlins-Padres game. As part of the festivities, senior All-America guard Xavier Thames threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Prior to its on-field recognition, Mountain West Coach of the Year Steve Fisher and Thames made appearances on a variety of shows. Fisher's night started on FOX Sports San Diego's Padres Social Hour, which took place inside the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. Thames, meanwhile, was on set of Padres Live, the Padres' pregame show on FSSD.
Thames, the MW Player of the Year, along with the rest of his teammates and coaching staff, made his way to the diamond where he threw out the first pitch. Dwayne Polee II and associate head coach/head coach in waiting Brian Dutcher, meanwhile, rang the Mission Bell prior to the start of the game. Fisher then joined Ted Leitner and Bob Scanlan in The Mighty 1090 booth in the second inning before joining Dick Enberg and Mark Grant on FOX Sports San Diego in the third frame.
San Diego State (31-5) finished the 2013-14 season ranked in the AP poll for the final 16 weeks of the season, and was in the last 17 USA Today Coaches Poll rankings. The Aztecs rose as high as No. 5 in both polls, a spot they held for three-consecutive weeks. SDSU also never dropped out of the top 15 once the calendar rolled over to 2014.
The Aztecs matched their best-ever finish in the NCAA tournament despite being picked to finish fourth in the MW preseason poll, and not receiving a single vote in either major preseason top-25 rankings. En route to its league-leading eighth conference championship, SDSU tied the school record with 20-straight victories before winning the second-most games in program history.
In 2014-15, San Diego State is expected to return three starters and add a top-15 recruiting class, with a high-major transfer eligible at the start of the season. In all, the Aztecs are poised to welcome back three of its top-four scorers.